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Written by Sairam on April 20, 2020 Share on

Sunrise Trek On An Active Volcano – Mount Batur

If you are an adrenaline junkie, wanting to go that extra mile to experience a moment that you can tell stories about, the Mt. Batur trek in Bali is that experience that you won’t stop ranting about to your friends. At a height of 1717m above the sea level, the Mount Batur offers one of the best sunrise viewpoints in Bali to include to your Bali itinerary. Being an active volcano, which erupted last in the year 2000, you will be able to see Volcano steams and lava rocks for real during your Mount Batur Trek. 

The Mount Batur Sunrise Trek is a 2-hour trek for a person with a decent level of fitness. The difficulty level of the trek is low to medium and allows you to take a break at different points. It is recommended to travel with a light backpack with just the essentials such as water, snacks, and medicines in case of necessity. You will find many vendors on the way to the top, selling water bottles that you can pick on the go. 

Once you arrive at the top, the view that greets you will be worth the sweat and pain and hard work put in. You may find vendors selling hot cups of tea. So you can unwind and enjoy the sunrise with a hot cup of tea.

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How to Reach?

Mount Batur is located in the central Bali province of Kintamani. It is roughly 2 hours drive away from Kuta and Seminyak and about an hour from Ubud. 

The Mount Batur sunrise trek is very famous amongst tourists. You will have to take an early morning taxi from your hotel and reach the base of the mountain. The ideal time to start from Kuta would be 1:30 AM and from Ubud, it would be 2:30 AM. Once you reach the foot of the mountain you can start your trek to reach the peak in time for the sunrise. It is advised to go with a local guide. 

If you are keen on experiencing the trek, I would recommend you to stay at Ubud as it is much more convenient as compared to Kuta or Seminyak.

Entry Fees

The Entry fees for the Mount Batur trek is about 475 INR per person ( 100,000 IDR ). If you are looking to book an experience inclusive of the entry fee, guide, and transfer, the cost may vary depending on seasonality and operator.


The best time to visit Mount Batur is undoubtedly during the sunrise. You can start your trek anywhere between 3:30 – 4 AM and descend by 7 AM. If you choose to trek during the day, you can do so from 6 AM to 5 PM. 

The most suitable weather conditions for a trek can be found from May to September. 

Things to keep in mind for the Mount Batur Trek

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1. Make sure you carry a light backpack with only the essentials such as water, snacks to munch on the way, sunglasses and most importantly an LED flashlight to navigate in the dark. 

2. Mount Batur is considered to be a sacred Hindu mountain amongst the locals and it is necessary to respect the sensibilities and dress code. Plan to layer your clothes so that you can adjust according to the change in climate and temperature. 

3. Make sure to select the right pair of footwear for the trek.

4. It is advisable to go for the trek along with a local guide. A local guide will have complete knowledge about the trail and will ensure your safety. 

5. If your adrenaline is still kicking, you can choose to do white water rafting post the trek or visit coffee plantations to taste the world-famous Luwak coffee. 

The Mount Batur sunrise is a breathtaking experience. A cool breeze, surrounded by mountains, closer to the clouds and stars and watching the sunrise over the horizon, it is an experience that freezes the moment. Can’t wait to head to Bali & do the Mount Batur trek? Customise & build your Bali Indonesia package at Pickyourtrail and trek the best volcanoes of Bali!

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